MI Audio have just announced that the little brother (which still packs a whopping 80 watts of power) of the Megalith Beta called the Megalith Gamma is finally due for release on December 2. You can check out a demo of the amp below courtesy of the insanely talented Aussie Progressive Metal guitarist James Norbert Ivanyi, the track he plays below is taken from his new album Aphasia which I recommend you check out if you are a metal fan. You will be able to purchase the amp direct from www.miaudio.com and selected retailers.
Here are the specs of the amp and the full press release can be found below the demo video.
A conservative 80W output using 2 x 6550 power tubes (standard)
3 x 12ax7 preamp tubes
Thick 2.4 mm double-sided through-hole PCB’s with 4oz plated tracks
High end audiophile German made WIMA polyester and polypropylene capacitors for the signal path
Amphenol jacks rated at 10A
16 Gauge Galvanised Steel Chassis
Anodised aluminium faceplates
Custom built overspec’d transformers
19mm plywood headshells
Width – 643mm (25.3”)
Depth – 225mm (8.9”)
Height – 250mm (9.8”) (with rubber feet)
Weight – 21.5kg (47lb)
Note all dimension are close approximations
2 Channels – Clean & Drive with separate Gain controls
Shared EQ – Bass, Middle, Treble.
3 EQ voicings per channel
Contour Control for each channel – unique tone shaping tool
Bright Switch – 3 position – allows more control over the Clean channels sparkle
Attack Switch – 3 position – switch to adjust the tightness and response of the Drive channel.
Mode Switch – 3 position gain switch on the overdrive channel (low, mid and high gain voicing)
Individual Master Volumes for Clean and Drive channels
FX Loop – Active, line level FX Loop with adjustable Send and Return Levels
2 button Footswitch (Included) – Channel Select, FX Loop on/off.
Ability to accept most large power tubes – KT100, KT90, KT88, KT77, 6550, EL34 and 6CA7
4, 8 and 16 Ohm output
The Megalith Gamma is a scaled back version of the Megalith Beta, but with a tough voice of its own. The Megalith Gamma has both Low and High (30W/80W) output modes that provide metal destruction from bedroom to stage! Running off two 6550’s the Megalith Gamma can also use other large octal power tubes such as KT88′s KT90′s, KT100′s, KT120′s, and other medium tubes such as EL34’s (with separate biasing). With two large power tubes and intelligent power-amp design, the big bottom end and punch of the Megalith Beta is still present, whilst also retaining the complex and sophisticated high-gain tone that the Megalith line is becoming synonymous with.
The CLEAN channel is a channel is unlike no other in any high-gain amp. Whilst most high-gain amps can deliver a brutal high-gain tone, flicking to the clean channel leaves most metalheads disappointed. Not with the Megalith Gamma! All the top-end is retained, along with the signature fat bottom end to produce a sweet, full clean tone that most amps are envious of!
The DRIVE channel has three gain modes, and has more gain on tap than most metal amps in the market. Tuning of the brutal gain tone is done via the three-band EQ, EQ SHIFT switch (selectable mid-frequency peak) and the ever powerful CONTOUR control. The CONTOUR (affecting only the overdrive channel on the Megalith Gamma) can go from fat, loose and vintage to tight, scooped and modern with a sweep of the dial! Shared EQ provides functional simplicity and a consistency in tone across both channels.
Place your favourite effects into the Megalith Gamma’s active, footswitchable FX LOOP with SEND and RETURN levels allowing for any effects unit or pedalboard to perfectly meld with the molten fury of the high-gain channel or the full-bodied clean channel. This pint-sized pugilist is designed to pack one hell of a punch!